MARQUETTE - The Upper Peninsula prides itself on local made products. And it's this pride and belief in the strength of the U.P. that led Dale Vincent and Tim Gasman to the decision to open the Gwinn Furniture Outlet.
Specializing in top of the line, local furniture and products, this store first got its start back in February.
"I've been in the furniture business for more than 30 years and this is something we thought Gwinn needed," Vincent said.
A full kitchen cabinet and countertop display is shown. Customers can choose from various wood, granite and solid surface materials when desiging their kitchen. Bottom, several pieces from the Rustic Room are featured.Journal photo by Abbey Hauswirth)
The store is broken into themed rooms including an adult and childrens sleep center, a modern upholstered room, the Rustic Room and a gift shop area that features all local made products. (Journal photo by Abbey Hauswirth)
The Gel Active mattress, a popular mattress brand, is shown.
(Journal photo by Abbey Hauswirth)
The Gwinn Furniture Outlet business card is pictured with furniture from the Rustic Room seen in the background.
(Journal photo by Abbey Hauswirth)
Both Vincent and Gasman have roots in the community and consider this a family-oriented business.
"We're simply trying to promote the local crafter through quality products," Gasman said.
The store, which held its grand opening Saturday, July 27 during the Gwinn Fun Daze event, was already lined with customers before their official kick-off.
"People are really positive about the store and we have already sold so much. Business is booming," Vincent said.
He added that the store offers free layaway for all items.
Potential customers can expect to see a wide variety of products when they walk through the store. Each room has a theme, starting with the main entrance which serves as the center of the store. The theme of the entrance is local products from pottery to gift baskets and everything in between. It is considered the "gift shop" of the store.
"We believe in promoting our local crafters," Vincent said. "There is a huge talent bank around here and we are always seeking new crafters."
As customers navigate through the store they can visit two separate rooms called the "sleep centers" with one for kids and one for adults. Dressers, lamps, bed frames and mattresses including Gel Active, are all available at or below competitive pricing. Beyond the gift shop is a full kitchen cabinet and countertop display, which features the various wood, granite and solid surface material available to customers.
"We custom build anything out of wood," Vincent explained. "Customers can bring us a picture of what they are looking for and we can match it. They can also design the piece they want at unbelievable prices, which is a huge draw to many."
Continuing in the store are two more display rooms: the upholstered furniture room and the "rustic room." Some of the lines carried in the outlet store include Best Craft Furniture out of Wisconsin, mattresses from True Luxury, 5 Star, Pro Comfort and several local builders. The local artists whose work are featured in the store come from many walks of life, including a disabled man from Marquette who does birdhouses, a woman from Little Lake who does painting and a Marquette man who produces pottery.
On the walls of each room is a wide range of wall art, which are all original prints, according to Vincent. The matted frames are produced by an elderly man in Hayward, Wis. who has done many years of missionary work. Every penny made from the arework is donated to buy wells in Africa.
It is the combination of quality products and a local emphasis that has the Gwinn Furniture Outlet continuing to grow in popularity.
"Customers are raving about the new store and it's only going to get better," Vincent said.
To learn more about the store, visit their Facebook page at "Gwinn Furniture Outlet."
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